September Residential Messaging from SDG&E®

Article 1: High usage charge starts November 1

As part of California’s continued efforts to encourage people to use less energy, a new state-mandated High Usage Charge goes into effect November 1, 2017. This charge will apply to residential customers whose electricity use is more than four times the amount of their Baseline Allowance. Understanding your Baseline Allowance may help you manage your energy use to avoid this charge.

By subscribing to High Usage alerts, you’ll know in advance that your usage will trigger the high-use charge. These alerts will let you know both before and when you start getting charged for high usage. You can choose to receive email or text alerts at

If you are a CARE customer, you’re currently receiving a monthly bill discount of up to 38%.  However, high electricity use may make you ineligible to continue receiving this discount. The re-verification process will start with a separate letter sent from our CARE Program team.

Article 2: Earn up to $125 when you purchase and install a smart thermostat

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Purchase and install an approved smart thermostat
  2. Upload your purchase receipt to SDG&E’s online Marketplace, and receive a $50 rebate
  3. Enroll in Reduce Your Use Thermostat, and receive an additional $50 – $75

Visit SDG&E’s Marketplace to find a selection of eligible smart thermostats online. You can compare prices, purchase directly from a variety of local retailers and have your device shipped directly to you. Learn more at

Article 3: Switch to renewable energy

SDG&E is proud to be getting 100% renewable energy from SDG&E’s EcoChoice program. With this new option, you choose the percentage of your electricity you want to come from renewable sources – up to 100% – and every month you pay a small premium for that renewable energy. In turn, SDG&E buys renewable energy on your behalf from large, utility-scale generating facilities built specifically for the EcoChoice program.

We feel good about supporting the environment and even better? The facilities will be located in San Diego and Imperial Counties – that means we’re supporting the growth of renewables in our own backyard.

EcoChoice is also Green-e certified, which is North America’s leading voluntary certification program for renewable energy. It’s a required certification for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED standard. This means the certification allows you to use your participation in EcoChoice to reduce your Scope 2 emissions and earn LEED points for use of green power.

If you’re interested in how you can get renewable energy, visit